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Old 06-29-24, 04:34 PM
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Originally Posted by RustyPeugeot
I think it is stamped IDEALE TB with a 6 under it. Says Made in France


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thank you!

TB6 is the lady's model

the gent's model is the TB4

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Looks like you should be able to rejuvenate that lovely old saddle, although it may not fit you very well.
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Your serial number indicates the frame was made in October 1974.
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Rusty: you said you wanted to moisturize that saddle: please don’t go a soak it in oil or anything like that- the leather will get too weak (and there’s already a bit of a tear started at the nose).

Do some research on proper bicycle saddle care; you might want to buy a little proofride from Brooks or a similar saddle care product and use it sparingly.
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Thanks guys. The Ideale TB 6 is rock hard and looks like it has shrunk and flared out to a strange shape on the sides. The leather is really thick. Does that Proofide stuff make it flexible like a baseball glove?

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Originally Posted by RustyPeugeot
Thanks guys. The Ideale TB 6 is rock hard and looks like it has shrunk and flared out to a strange shape on the sides. The leather is really thick. Does that Proofide stuff make it flexible like a baseball glove?
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Originally Posted by RustyPeugeot
Thanks guys. The Ideale TB 6 is rock hard and looks like it has shrunk and flared out to a strange shape on the sides. The leather is really thick. Does that Proofide stuff make it flexible like a baseball glove?
You really don’t want the saddle like a baseball glove. It needs to be pretty firm and your butt will get used to it (or it won’t and you get a different saddle &#128513.

@juvela is right - hopefully @rhm can chime in with some specific care instructions.

Just as a warning of sorts: here’s what can happen if the saddle gets too soft:



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Panaracer Pasela

I believe you may have 27 inch rims. A great choice available in that size is the Panaracer Pasela. Good price. Very handsome with a vintage vibe, and Japanese to stay with the made in Japan theme of your bike.

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Rear wheel had a flat and was repaired at some point in time. The repair created a flat spot in the tire. So I swapped on an old spare tire.

You guys have any cool tires you recommend for a novice who will mostly ride in warm weather?

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...a further evolution of the "droop snoot" design...the "no snoot"...


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Originally Posted by RustyPeugeot

This pic shows the flare on the saddle, mainly at the nose. Won't be comfortable! Rusty, when I've had a saddle that has flared out too much I have punched holes in the leather (3 to 5 per side) and laced them up to pull the sides back in. BUT! Make sure you've rehydrated the saddle beforehand, or it can crack the leather. rhm can give the best advice.
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That Ideale TB 6 is cool. I wanted to use it. However, I might be better off selling it. How much would the seat be worth to someone?
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Originally Posted by RustyPeugeot
That Ideale TB 6 is cool. I wanted to use it. However, I might be better off selling it. How much would the seat be worth to someone?
I'd suggest trying to get $75 or so out of it. Here's one on eBay, asking price 100, in similar condition.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/11568363537...mis&media=COPY
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Thanks Aubergine . I see how that seat has a shoe string holding the sides in so they don’t flap out!

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I definitely need four new tires and some bar tape.

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Trying to do 20-30 minute rides. Hopefully this will eventually lower my blood pressure and help me lose 10 pounds.
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ah, we see it now, trying to get to the last train...




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